Samaritans launch suicide help app
The Samaritans have created a new free app that detects signs of worry among your circle. The app watches Twitter for any indication of people having a shitty time and struggling to cope, and will send out a message to people to check their chum's wellbeing.
It is hoped that the Samaritans Radar app will give people a “second chance to see potentially worrying Tweets, which might have otherwise been missed”.
It operates with Twitter’s API and searches messages for specific keywords and phrases that could point to the tweeter having issues. These phrases include: “tired of being alone”, “hate myself”, “depressed”, “help me” and “need someone to talk to.”
Of course if someone's "Jam" is Al Green's 'Tired Of Being Alone' then it probably will dismiss that.
It then sends email alerts to the user - basically a more professional approach to uokhun? - and will offer advice and help. To sign up to the service, which is a web app, users need only to visit the Samaritans Radar website and enter their details.
Samaritans acknowledges that social media is increasingly being used as an outlet for people to share their feelings.
It also marks the start of a wider collaboration with Samaritans which includes a referral process: when somebody gets reported as suicidal, the Twitter "Trust & Safety team" verifies the report and if they deem it accurate they get in touch with both the reported and the reported account, to share recommendations and contact information for Samaritans.
Obviously don't just rely on posting pass/agg messages about hating yourself and wanting to die. Especially during X Factor, as it won't stand a chance.